Homeowners and builders that have built more than one suite in their residence and profited by disobeying our bylaws must be made accountable. It is one thing to wish to put this issue under control and to provide more education, but this issue has been going on for decades.
Homeowners who have more than one suite, as well as the builders who prepared such areas for this use once the inspection was done, should be fined $10 per square foot of the units yearly.
There cannot be excuses on the pretext they did not know. “Ignorantia juris non excusat” (Latin for “ignorance of the law does not excuse”) is a legal principle that a person who is unaware of a law may not escape liability for violating that law. I demand definitive action from our next City of Surrey council on this issue.